Why Is the Vatican So Obsessed With Gluten?

If it’s really the body of Christ, what does it matter if it’s gluten free? The answer is, well, complicated. by CANDIDA MOSS The Catholic Church this week gave people who are gluten-free another chance to do their favorite thing—talk about being gluten-free. That’s because news surfaced that the Roman Catholic Church does not allow gluten-free communion wafers to be used as part of the sacrament of communion. Roman Catholics are known for their belief that during the Eucharist the host (the communion wafers or bread) is transubstantiated into the body of Christ. For the more sarcastically minded, this easily could raise … Continue reading Why Is the Vatican So Obsessed With Gluten?

When Things Fall Apart: Tibetan Buddhist Nun and Teacher Pema Chödrön on Transformation Through Difficult Times

Illustration by Lisbeth Zwerger from a special edition of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales “Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.” BY MARIA POPOVA In every life, there comes a time when we are razed to the bone of our resilience by losses beyond our control — lacerations of the heart that feel barely bearable, that leave us bereft of solid ground. What then? “In art,” Kafka assured his teenage walking companion, “one must throw one’s life away in order to gain it.” As in art, so in life — so … Continue reading When Things Fall Apart: Tibetan Buddhist Nun and Teacher Pema Chödrön on Transformation Through Difficult Times

Go To Your High School Reunion, Dammit

Photo by Aaron Hawkins | https://tricy.cl/2tNeGqU Why events that celebrate the passage of time are perfect reminders of the Buddhist concept of the three marks of existence: non-self, impermanence, and suffering. By Rachel Meyer My 20th high school reunion is coming up next week. How did THAT happen? More importantly: Should I go? It’s in Nebraska, so I’d have to book a flight (with connections), rent a car, haul my kid across time zones, and find something decent to wear. Not to mention all that torturous small talk once I actually get there. As an introvert, trying to catch up on … Continue reading Go To Your High School Reunion, Dammit